Critical Language Scholarship Program | Advisor Role
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Advisor Role

The CLS Program relies on faculty, administrators, and staff members at universities across the U.S. to share information about the CLS Program with their students, and to advise students who are interested in applying for the opportunity. Although applicants are not required to obtain support from their home institutions to apply for the scholarship, we value the role that advisors play in supporting students in applying for nationally-competed awards like the CLS Program.


The CLS Pro­gram main­tains a list of advi­sors at col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties nation­wide who assist stu­dents with the CLS appli­ca­tion process. The list is avail­able on our web site and is search­able by uni­ver­si­ty name: https://​clschol​ar​ship​.org/​u​n​i​v​e​r​s​ities

Fac­ul­ty and staff in lan­guage, lit­er­a­ture, and oth­er human­i­ties depart­ments; inter­na­tion­al rela­tions or polit­i­cal sci­ence; STEM fields; study abroad; hon­ors pro­gram or fel­low­ship advis­ing; and oth­er areas can all play a role in advis­ing stu­dents who are apply­ing for the CLS Program.

We hope that each advi­sor in our net­work will:

  • Advo­cate for and pro­mote the CLS Pro­gram on cam­pus, both to stu­dents and to oth­er fac­ul­ty mem­bers and administrators;
  • Sup­port stu­dents in apply­ing for the award;
  • Stay up-to-date on appli­ca­tion and pro­gram require­ments; and
  • Serve as a point of con­tact for staff from the CLS Pro­gram and the U.S. Depart­ment of State for out­reach efforts.

Cam­pus-based advi­sors have access to a range of resources and oppor­tu­ni­ties pro­vid­ed by the CLS Pro­gram to assist them in these efforts, including:

  • Print­ed and elec­tron­ic pro­mo­tion­al materials;
  • Peri­od­ic email updates with pro­gram infor­ma­tion and news;
  • Pre- and post-pro­gram press releas­es for cam­pus­es with CLS final­ists and participants;
  • Access to this advi­sors toolk­it con­tain­ing addi­tion­al resources for advis­ing students;
  • Invi­ta­tions to attend region­al, lim­it­ed-par­tic­i­pa­tion advi­sor work­shops and train­ing events; and
  • Oppor­tu­ni­ties to read and eval­u­ate appli­ca­tions for the CLS Pro­gram each winter.

CLS Advis­ing Roles and Requirements

Each col­lege and uni­ver­si­ty can have an unlim­it­ed num­ber of cam­pus advi­sors who act as resources to their stu­dents. In addi­tion, a max­i­mum of three advi­sors on each cam­pus may be des­ig­nat­ed as Prin­ci­pal” Advi­sors, who will have lim­it­ed access to infor­ma­tion about stu­dents on their cam­pus who are apply­ing for the CLS Pro­gram each year. They will be able to see the sta­tus of appli­ca­tions start­ed by stu­dents from their col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty and con­tact infor­ma­tion for those stu­dents. Each advi­sor must meet the fol­low­ing requirements:

CLS Advi­sor Requirements

  • Must have a ver­i­fied insti­tu­tion­al affiliation
  • Must be a staff or fac­ul­ty mem­ber who works with students
  • Must use an .EDU email address asso­ci­at­ed with their col­lege or university

Addi­tion­al­ly, advi­sors who act as Prin­ci­pal Advi­sors on their cam­pus must meet the fol­low­ing addi­tion­al requirements:

Prin­ci­pal Advi­sor Addi­tion­al Requirements

  • Lim­it­ed to a max­i­mum of three staff or fac­ul­ty at each institution
  • Must be in a posi­tion to work with appli­cants across dif­fer­ent degree pro­grams apply­ing for all languages
  • Must agree to data pri­va­cy policy

All advi­sors will be list­ed as resources for appli­cants pub­licly on the CLS Pro­gram web­site at https://​clschol​ar​ship​.org/​u​n​i​v​e​r​s​ities. Those who are inter­est­ed in serv­ing as advi­sors for the CLS Pro­gram may sign up at https://​clschol​ar​ship​.org/​a​d​v​i​s​o​r​s​/​s​i​gn-up. All appli­ca­tions to serve as a rec­og­nized advi­sor are reviewed by our staff individually.